Black Philanthropy Initiative

Established in 2007, the Black Philanthropy Initiative is a field of interest fund at the Foundation to advance equity and social justice for our Black and African-American communities. Community members raised $325,000, and the Foundation matched over half of that to contribute to the fund.

Recognizing the need to promote economic stability, job training, and financial literacy among not only historically underserved African-American populations in Rhode Island but also more recent African immigrants and refugees, the Foundation convened a group of community leaders to raise funds for a permanent endowment. The Black Philanthropy Fund supports organizations whose work promotes long-term, systemic solutions to persistent challenges.

In the years since its founding, the Black Philanthropy Initiative has awarded more than $100,000 in grants to support organizations such as the Rhode Island Black Business Association, The Refugee Dream Center, and the Urban League of Rhode Island. Its Advisory Committee has included many prominent leaders of the Black community, including Honorable Edward Clifton, Jason Fowler, Beverly Ledbetter, Honorable Walter Stone, and Linda Newton, among others.


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